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Adroit

Maladroit (ant)

Adept, dexterous

Karl had always been an adroit manipulator; even when he was a kid he could get people to do what he wanted

(Ant) clumsy or bungling

Adam sandler was able to make a career out of playing maladroit characters

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Adulation

Excessive praise; intense adoration

Taylor swift is the object of much adolescent adulation

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Adulterate

Adulteration

To reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

In an effort to determine why the house's foundation was crumbling, the inspectors tested the concrete to see if it had been improperly adulterated when it was mixed

The process of adulterating; unadulterated means pure

I could tell that what her used car salesman was saying was one hundred percent pure, unadulterated hogwash

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Adumbrate

To foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily

The first volume of the trilogy only adumbrates the basics of the story that will be developed in the next two books

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Advocate

To argue for or support a cause

Though the senator did not openly advocate for the bill, he voted for it because he thought it would save him some face among his critics

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Aesthetic

Dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

Many people say they see no aesthetic value in some modern artwork, claiming the pieces look like a kindergartners finger painting

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Aggrandize

To increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater

The multi-million dollar advertising campaign was part of a plan to aggrandize the company's stock before it went public

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Alacrity

Eager and enthusiastic willingness

The alacrity with which Calvin offered to do the dishes made his mother suspicious; usually he would only do chores kicking and screaming

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Alchemy

A magical or wonderful transformation

The remarkable alchemy among the cast members made watching the familiar and sometimes boring play into a completely new experience

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Admonish

Admonition, admonitory

To reprove; to express warning or disapproval

Howe many times has your roommate admonished you to put the toilet seat down?

Warning or scolding; expressing warning or dissapproval

He tried to admonish us not to open the secret passageway, but his admonition fell on dead ears. Man, were we sorry we hadn't listened to him when all the monsters came rushing out

Dad's admonitory tone made us feel guilty about ruining our appetites with pre-dinner cookies